Charter Member Quotes

America Online, Inc.
“We believe the Liberty Alliance’s cooperative and decentralized approach will encourage both competition and consumer choice in this important new space, while protecting privacy and security. The Liberty Alliance’s open, federated architecture is the best solution for both consumers and the growth of the medium and will offer a platform on which to build the next generation of online services,” said Barry Schuler, chairman and CEO of America Online, Inc.

American Express Corp.
“American Express is pleased to join the Liberty Alliance to extend our role in empowering consumers with convenience and choice when using the Internet. The Alliance underscores our commitment to supporting open technology and services that will enhance the range of choice for consumers, safeguard online privacy and security, and give consumers ultimate control over what information is shared, when it is shared, and with whom. The range of global companies participating in the Alliance will be important to establishing universal standards for convenient, secure online commerce,” said Glen Salow, Executive vice president and Chief Information Officer, American Express.

Apache Software Foundation
“Freedom of information on the World Wide Web depends on the freedom of individuals to choose the means and mechanisms through which they supply or access that information,” said Roy T. Fielding, chairman of the Apache Software Foundation and co-author of the Internet standards for URI and HTTP. “The Apache Software Foundation’s goal is to ensure that the critical infrastructure of the World Wide Web remains open and available to any software developer. We are pleased to help form the Liberty Alliance, since open access to the methods and protocols for user authentication will be essential for future large-scale e-commerce and subscription-based Internet services,” said Roy T. Fielding, Chairman, The Apache Software Foundation.

Bell Canada Enterprises
“Our goal is to ensure that customers have absolute confidence in the security and privacy of their personal information which flows across communications networks,” said Michael Sabia, president of Bell Canada Enterprises Inc (BCE). “As a member of the alliance, BCE will participate in an international effort to establish a global standard for accessing communications systems through a single sign-on solution. We see it as a key enabler of BCE’s convergence strategy that will allow customers to easily access any type of information, in any format, from any device.”

“For distributed authentication to work, a truly distributed architecture is needed, and that’s not possible without community-developed standards and software,” said Brian Behlendorf, CTO and co-founder of CollabNet, and president of the Apache Software Foundation. “We’re very happy to see this particular group of companies and organizations recognize the need for a genuinely open solution, and look forward to participating in the Liberty Alliance Project.”

Dun & Bradstreet
“Dun & Bradstreet (D&B;) is participating in the Liberty Alliance Project because we believe information standards such as the D&B; D-U-N-S Number will enable the growth of eCommerce and feed the adoption of Web services. In order to make eCommerce work, there is a need to adopt common practices and open standards for network identity. D&B; is a key enabler of eCommerce, and we look forward to contributing and helping to build the universal information standards and protocols which will facilitate safe and trusted eCommerce,” says Larry Kutscher, president, D&B; B2B eCommerce.

“Our participation in the Liberty Alliance is important to help strengthen enhanced Internet security for government, commerce and industry as more and more high-valued transactions are being conducted over the Internet,” said Mark Davis, chief marketing officer, Entrust, Inc., a leading global provider of enhanced Internet security services and solutions.  “Maintaining privacy and security over these transactions is critical for our customers, which include government agencies, financial institutions, healthcare organizations and many, many others.”

France Telecom
“The cooperative model of GSM, which is open to all industry players, partners and competitors, has been the key to the success of the GSM. In the same way, the open and decentralized standard promoted by the Liberty Alliance for the authentication of clients represents a turning point in the development of the on-line service market. We are proud to contribute our experience to the Alliance.”
– Jean-Jacques Damlamian, executive vice president of France Telecom

“Gemplus is delighted to be affiliated with the world class organizations that constitute the Liberty Alliance,” stated Dr. Mel Slater, senior vice president of Gemplus. “With years of experience in delivering smart card-based authentication and identity solutions to the global marketplace and production capacity of over half a billion smart cards per year, Gemplus is poised to deliver a unique perspective to the Liberty Alliance. Smart cards, already in use by millions of people around the world, enable users to securely identify and authenticate themselves on the Internet through many devices, including home PCs, cell phones and point-of-sale terminals. The interactive environment that is being addressed by the Liberty Alliance represents a momentous step for the industry, empowering smart card users to enjoy greater liberties than ever before.”

General Motors
“The objectives of the Liberty Alliance Project are in line with General Motors’ pursuit to leverage the most effective technology solutions offered for the digital economy,” states Ralph Szygenda, GM Group Vice President, Chief Information Officer. “Secure information management and interoperability across the Internet landscape are vital issues to GM as we use digital technologies to expand our strategic options and reinvent relationships with our customers, employees, and business partners. It’s a progressive, innovative alliance that makes sense for GM.”

Global Crossing
“Joining this historic alliance gives us the opportunity to participate in the redefinition of how online identities will be established, managed and optimized in the future,” said David Walsh, President, Global Crossing. “Particularly as Global Crossing continues to build out not just network services but enable entire communities of interest, the development of common protocols for managing the people and information within those communities is extremely powerful. Beyond industry extranets, we also see tremendous opportunities to inter-connect industries, which is only possible when common standards like IP and now network identity solutions like this are made available.”

Hewlett-Packard Company
“By joining the Liberty Alliance, HP reaffirms its longstanding commitment to supporting open industry standards and market-unifying architectures. Our goal is to increase customer access to interoperable technologies and to stimulate the broadest spectrum of innovation in our industry. Participating in this alliance levels the playing field for IT developers and opens the door for industry-wide collaboration on important matters such as building secure and trusted architectures,” said Rich DeMillo, vice president and chief technology officer, Hewlett-Packard Company.

Liberate Technologies
“As Internet enabled transactions and commerce are a core component of Liberate’s software for interactive television, security and simplicity for consumers are of paramount importance to Liberate,” said David Limp, Chief Strategy Officer, Liberate Technologies. “We are happy to be a charter member of the Liberty Alliance Project, and applaud this broad organization’s leadership in driving a safe, standardized and streamlined means for consumers and businesses to make their own choices concerning network identity.”

MasterCard International
“MasterCard is committed to providing a secure environment for all payment transactions, including electronic commerce and mobile commerce. Our active participation on the board of directors for the Liberty Alliance Project will benefit our members by helping to ensure that our efforts towards guaranteed payments over remote channels are consistent with open standards for broad industry adoption,” said Art Kranzley, chief e-Business officer, MasterCard International.

“The way in which people communicate with each other is rapidly changing. The various elements of our lives are coming together through mobile communications. Personalization, location specific services and time sensitivity are becoming increasingly important as individuals are building their own mobile worlds. In this world the mobile phone has evolved into a centerpiece of personal life management, enabling complete personal connectivity between people, services, devices, applications, organizations and locations. Therefore, it is crucial to deliver open industry specifications for all relevant technologies, including management of online identities,” says Pekka Ala-Pietila, President, Nokia. “We can enable a new generation of secure and flexible mobile Internet services through initiatives such as the ‘Liberty Alliance’.”

“The number of i-mode subscribers has already passed 27 million. We are now becoming one of the biggest ISPs in the world. I think that we can generate new value to our customers by combining the strategies in the Liberty Alliance and our platform,” said Takeshi Natsuno, Managing Director of NTT DoCoMo.

O’Reilly & Associates
“It’s recently become clear that the software for managing user identity and authentication is one of the key building blocks of the emerging internet operating system. It’s so fundamental that a widespread consensus has emerged that this is a technology that shouldn’t be owned or controlled by any one player. Instead, we need an open, distributed system with implementations available from multiple technology providers and identities issued by many parties operating in a web of trust. Project Liberty is an important step in that direction. I’m hopeful that it will provide a forum for interoperability between the proposed identity schemes available from individual software or service vendors.”

“Openwave is pleased to serve as a founding member of the Liberty Alliance. This important alliance will bring new levels of freedom and accessibility to users of mobile services,” said John MacFarlane, Chief Technology Officer of Openwave Systems. “This broad-based alliance will give consumers a secure personal identity and enhanced personal convenience through the creation of highly interoperable products and services for both wired and wireless communities. Openwave brings to the Alliance an extensive experience in mobile web services, open standards and mobile technology leadership at the intersection of both wired and wireless services.”

RSA Security
“We are committed to the ideals of the Liberty Alliance, and looking forward to working with our new partners to create the standards, processes and products required for an open, federated solution for online identity,” said Art Coviello, CEO and president of RSA Security. “As a leader in e-security, we believe we can offer the Liberty Alliance valuable expertise in the areas of user authentication, access rights management, data privacy and transaction integrity.”

“Sabre has played a leading role in making e-commerce an integral part of the travel industry, through Sabre businesses such as GetThere, Travelocity and Sabre Virtually There. Participating in the Liberty Alliance Project is one way Sabre is working to transform the business of travel and maintain the level of trust our customers have placed in us,” said Craig Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of Sabre.

“Advanced services over digital networks require ever more secure identity authentication methods, still preserving the users rights to privacy” said Olivier Piou of SchlumbergerSema, the major global player in Consulting, System Integration, Outsourcing services and Smart Cards related technologies. “SchlumbergerSema will be happy to provide its long experience in secure systems deployment for large wired and wireless users groups to Liberty’s effort towards open, distributed standards, in order to ensure effective, interoperable and rapid-to-deploy solutions.”

Sun Microsystems, Inc.
“Interoperability requires cooperation and collaboration, something Sun understands and endorses in the evolution of its systems and software platform,” said Scott McNealy, Chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Identity is a common thread throughout all network services – the Liberty Alliance Project will leverage and cooperate with existing open, and interoperable standards that will unleash an internet that roams with you and your customers, wherever they and your business partners take you. We stand proudly alongside such formidable industry partners in the pursuit of that objective.”


Vodafone is a supporter of open standards because they drive customer choice and competition. We look forward to working with the Liberty Alliance members to develop an open approach to network identity,” said Alan Harper, Vodafone Group Strategy Director.


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